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12
AUG

You Can Get More Fresh Fruits & Veggies into Schools Nationwide Just by Drinking Healthy Skoop!

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods,Sports Nutrition at 9:00 am | By: Guest Blogger
We might not look it, but as a nation, we’re starving. We’ve got plenty of food. Or at least we’ve got plenty of stuff that passes for it. But when it comes to nutrition, we’re all hungry for a solution. We created Healthy Skoop to be part of the solution. We’re on a mission to bring plant-based nutrition to every American, and our superfood blends and protein powders are a convenient way to make sure you are giving your body what it needs every day.

But perhaps the coolest part about getting your Skoop on is that you’re not just doing a good thing for yourself–you’re doing a good thing for the future health of the country. That’s right. Positive change is baked into each and every batch of Skoop. Allow us to explain…

HealthySkoop_ProjectProduce_Icons (1)Our school lunch programs are struggling–there are too many schools out there that have to count french fries and ketchup as vegetables in order to meet FDA requirements. There are kids out there that think leafy greens are just for feeding their pet rabbits. This generation of kids is the first generation in the history of America that may have a shorter average lifespan than the one preceding it–and that is seriously not okay.

That’s why we partnered with the Chef Ann Foundation to create Project Produce. The Chef Ann Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to providing tools to enable schools to progress from serving highly processed, unhealthy food to serving fresh scratch-cooked food. Project Produce is a joint effort between Healthy Skoop and Chef Ann Foundation to provide grants for fresh fruits and veggies to schools across the country.

HealthySkoop_ProjectProduce_Collage (1)Schools who qualify for the grants use the money to purchase fresh fruits and veggies for the kids to sample and educate the kids about healthy eating in fun, creative ways. Seriously–these veggie parties are fun-Think veggie costume contests, smoothie bar mob scenes, and highly-vegucated 6th graders teaching the younger kids what’s what. We know because we go to many and enjoy interacting with the kids, sampling veggies, and talking about nutrition.

We’ve pledged to give 3% of our total revenue to Project Produce. So far, in 2015 alone, we’ve already been able to help out over 20 schools across the country. That’s over 8700 kids who were given the chance to learn about healthy eating habits that will impact the rest of their lives. #SkoopOn!

To learn more about Project Produce, please visit https://healthyskoop.com/project-produce. To support Project Produce by buying Healthy Skoop, check out Lucky Vitamin’s selection of our products here: http://www.luckyvitamin.com/m-6374-skoop

If you’re an educator and/or involved in school food service and would like to apply for a grant, please visit http://www.chefannfoundation.org/programs/project-produce.




3
AUG

Power(ful) Plants

Filed Under: Green Living,Nutrition,Sports Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
proteinWhether you’re at the gym or reading fitness magazines, you’ve probably seen articles that advocate the importance of animal-based protein.  Proponents of animal proteins argue that it boasts the highest numeric value of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Of course, quantity does not necessarily mean quality. Plant-based proteins may sound like an oxymoron but they definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. When comparing proteins it’s important to consider what energy goes into metabolizing animal proteins and how much your body actually absorbs.

We all know the importance of making sure our meat is properly heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees before eating it. But most people don’t realize that doing so comes at a price, mainly in the form of “denaturation” – a process that great diminishes the animal’s protein makeup. For example, a 3-ounce serving of uncooked skinless chicken breast provides 29 grams of protein, but the same amount of COOKED chicken winds up only containing around 15 grams. Fortunately there are alternatives to traditional meat-based options that pack a just as powerful protein punch. And they “crop” up in some of the most unlikely places.

Plants – yes, plants – can offer a surprising amount of healthy proteins that are easily absorbed and far easier on your liver and digestive system. Plant-based proteins are free of antibiotics and hormones and are better for the environment. Black, kidney and pinto beans, almonds, lentils, hemp seeds, spirulina, quinoa, spinach and broccoli are just some of the most protein-dense plants out there.

Of course, we’re not suggesting that you put your love of steaks out to pasture or 86 omelets from your Sunday brunch routine. Just keep in mind that there’s a world of sneaky, under-the-radar plant-based protein powerhouses at your disposal.




29
JUL

New Brand Spotlight: GR3EN

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Health Foods,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Gr3enLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary product to our customers: GR3EN.

GR3EN is a one-of-kind energy drink loaded with superfoods to provide you the energy boost you need every day. Created by organic farmers from Hawaii, who believe in empowering people with positive energy from a handful of ingredients that you can pronounce, GR3EN is produced with organic ingredients with no cutting corners or compromising quality by using artificial fillers, sweeteners, fake flavors or stimulants.

GR3EN organic energy drink raises the bar with an organic dream team of wonderful ingredients: green tea, coconut water, guarana, and kale. GR3EN is pure, organic and powerful and is the perfect pick-me-up when you first wake up, need a lift, hit the gym, or hit the wall at work. GR3EN has the amount of caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee but combines the health benefits of coconut water, green tea and kale juice, all in one can.

This 3 in 1 (hydration, energy and wellness) revolutionary product is 100% organic, gluten free, Non-GMO, vegan and contain no synthetic stimulants or artificial flavors. Each can has 150 mg of organic plant-based caffeine but it does not contain “iffy” ingredients found in most mainstream “Energy Drink” products and workout drinks such as taurine and synthetic B vitamins.

GR3EN roots are truly green as the company started as organic farmers growing super greens on rooftops. They proudly made history by installing the first certified organic food-producing green roof in the world through their parent company, FarmRoof. Today, GR3EN wants to spread organic farming through donations funded by sales of GR3EN Organic Energy.

You can save even more when you shop GR3EN products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JULY15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.

 

 

 




16
JUL

Caffeine Helps Improve Muscle Power and Strength

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CoffeeA new study shows that caffeine consumption might be helpful to improve muscle power and strength. Researchers from the University of Mississippi concluded that the effect of caffeine in the nervous system can alter the muscles’ ability to generate power.

Published in the American Journal of Sport Medicine, the controlled study was based on an average of 5mg of caffeine per kilo in athletes who consumed caffeine about one hour prior to exercise. The study findings show that caffeine can improve muscle power from signals sent from the brain, which controls muscles’ overall activity. If caffeine can improve brain function, consequently, it may also improve muscle response. Additionally, participants taking caffeine before physical activity reported less pain when exercising as well as during short term recovery.

Previous studies have found a similar link between caffeine and muscle force. Caffeine has been known to improve age-related changes in muscle strength as this energy booster is considered an excellent product to enhance muscle performance even in older muscles. Caffeine’s effect is often smaller for juvenile muscles, suggesting caffeine may not have such as enhancing effect in developing muscles.

Caffeine has been widely used by athletes for its multiple benefits. Many athletes believe that this substance can truly enhance physical activity as well as improve mental performance. Caffeine can significantly improve athlete’s endurance in sports where long-term stamina is needed such as running, cycling, and soccer.




7
JUN

New Brand Spotlight: Blue Star Nutraceuticals

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BlueS logoWhen it comes to sport nutrition supplements, Lucky Vitamin is a powerhouse of options and, as the list continues to grow, we are happy to welcome one more premium company to our site. The latest addition is a superior brand of supplements made to refuel, rebuild and recover: Blue Star Nutraceuticals.

Blue Star Nutraceuticals is a dietary supplement company that designs, develops, manufactures, markets and retails the best sports nutrition products in the world. The company follows the strictest manufacturing practices ensuring potency, purity and safety of all products. A brand synonymous with elite level athletes, performance and physiques, delivering superior results to people just like you. What you notice as a user is that Blue Star Nutraceuticals supplements have a lot more pop. They’re just that much stronger, and you feel them that much quicker.

Blue Star Nutraceuticals was created to everyone from elite level athletes to people just like you. One of the company’s best-selling products is AminoFast. This unique supplement was designed to provide more energy with less burnout. AminoFast increases the production of ATP, your muscle’s primary source of energy, preventing you from fatigue, or hitting the workout wall too soon, and it ignites proteins synthesis, resulting in more lean muscles gains from your workouts. It also helps reduce muscle soreness, getting you back to 100% faster even after your hardest workouts.

You can save even more when you shop Blue Star Nutraceuticals supplements at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo code JUNE15NEW15 for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.




26
MAY

Healthy Muscles Powered by Vitamin E

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MusclesA recent study shows that scientists have found the way vitamin E helps build and maintain healthy, strong muscles. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin E has been known to support muscles health but now scientists have figured that without it, the plasma membrane, which essentially keeps a cell from spilling its contents and controls what moves in and out, cannot properly heal. This is a common problem for many cells, such as muscle cells, which get membrane tears just from being used.

Published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, the new research shows vitamin E is essential to proper healing of muscles. Building muscle causes natural tearing and proper repair process is essential to maintain healthy muscles and avoid injuries. However, lack of vitamin E can significantly affect this process. It is known that a poor diet resulting in low vitamin E levels in the elderly contributes to frailty syndrome, a condition where muscles are weak and people are unsteady on their feet. The ubiquitous vitamin’s well-established role as a powerful antioxidant has led to its use in anti-aging products and in helping delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by protecting neurons from free radicals.

This latest study by the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University found new evidence that vitamin E is essential to rapid cell membrane repair, and ultimately cell survival. Researchers believe that vitamin E supports different cell types because when the scientists have treated a number of different cells types with vitamin E, they documented similar enhanced cell membrane repair.

A popular vitamin among body builders, vitamin E enables adequate plasma membrane repair despite the oxidant challenge, helping keep the situation in check. Scientists believe that knowing the cell membrane repair action of vitamin E has implications for muscular dystrophy, and common diabetes-related muscle weakness, as well as traumatic brain injury, resulting from collisions on a football field, battlefield, or roadway.




23
MAY

What’s New? Energy Gummi Bears

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Energy Gummi BearsLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary brand of energy enhancer products to our customers: Energy Gummi Bears.

Energy Gummi Bears offers a unique product containing the combination of B vitamins and vitamin C along with anti-oxidants, additional vitamins, caffeine from natural sources and protein. Infused with the energy you need, Energy Gummi Bears are the perfect good-tasting product to improve human performance in all phases.

The Loud Truck research and development teams have worked for years in order to combine the science of human body energy and the great taste of gummi bears into one product. The result is Energy Gummi Bears.

This unique product is a combination of a gummy bear candy filled with a mix of natural ingredients such as guarana and B vitamins intended to give consumers an energy boost similar to that they’d expect from an energy drink. The Energy Gummy Bear was invented to give an alternative option to people who do not like the taste of most energy drinks on the market. The company started when a food scientist was hired in 2009 and worked for about a year to come up with a mix of ingredients that would taste good as a gummy bear and also would have the benefits of an energy-boosting product.

You can try out this new product and save even more when you shop Energy Gummi Bears products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter with promo code ‘MAY15NEW15′ at checkout to save 15% on all products of this new brand.




21
MAY

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Sport Nutrition: BCAA, Thermogenics, Pre and Post Workout Boosters

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
FitnessProper nutrition can be the difference between a successful workout program and frustration with poor results. Women trying to lose weight often have a diet lacking essential nutrients which may result in fatigue, lack of results and even some health problems. Women’s sport nutrition supplements can correct this lack of nutrients by providing the proper amount of macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates and lipids for a specific fitness goal. So, we present you a quick guide to women’s sport nutrition.

BCAA

BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acid) supplements may help you build a solid base of lean, feminine muscle, and help to trim the excess fat. The human body needs BCAA’s three aminos (isoleucine, leucine, and valine) in order to meet the increased demand for amino acids during exercise without breaking down muscle tissue. BCAA supplementation is ideal to enhance sports performance and recovery, meaning you can go harder and longer in the gym, without experiencing muscle fatigue. BCAAs are also directly involved in the creation of new muscle tissue, both as the building blocks and as the builder.

Thermogenics

Thermogenic fat-burning supplements are one of women’s top-selling sport nutrition products due to its ability to increase the body’s thermogenesis or core body temperature, and consequently increasing the amount of calories burned. Rasperry Ketone, green tea (EGCG), and capsaicin (chili peppers) supplements are the most popular and often found in women’s weight-loss diets.

Pre- and Post-Workout Boosters

Pre- and post-workout boosters are essential to most fitness programs. As a simple rule, a good supplement prior to workout ensures that your body has enough fuel for exercising and a supplement after the workout is completed ensures proper recovery and prevents injuries. Women’s booster supplements are pretty much the same as men’s products. For pre-workout, nitric oxide can be an excellent helper, relaxing muscles that control blood vessels and allowing better blood flow. This will result in better energy production, so you can train longer and harder as well as getting better recovery from workouts. For post-workout, a good protein shake can be the perfect fit as the body tends to digest faster within 30 minutes after training. Protein shakes can also be taken before workouts (ideally 20-30 minutes) to prepare the muscles for physical activity.




15
MAY

3 Great Sources of Protein

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ProteinCreating a quick guide for protein isn’t easy but it might be helpful to a lot of people looking for a little more information but not “too much information” about this essential nutrient. What are the different types? Which ones are the best form of protein? When should you take it? We present you three great sources of protein and what you need to know about them.

Whey

Likely the most popular protein supplement, whey is available in two forms: concentrate and isolates. Concentrate is one of the most basic forms of protein and a perfect product for beginners or people just looking to increase protein intake. Whey concentrate can be used both pre and post workout and can also be used as a snack in between meals. On the other hand, whey isolates are one of the quickest absorbing proteins, a great fit for people with low carb diets and people who are lactose intolerant. Isolates are also a great pre and post workout choice as it fast absorption helps supply muscles the nutrients needed to help recover and grow.

Soy

One of the best vegetarian sources of protein, soy is loaded with glutamine and arginine which help recovery and absorption respectively. With many benefits to its users, soy also contains a good number of BCAA’s  which help with recovery and it supports a healthy cholesterol profile due to its isoflavones. Soy protein can be taken anytime throughout the day particularly if you need to get in a meal or snack containing protein.

Casein

The slowly breakdown casein is the perfect protein to be taken at night before bed. Casein takes anywhere from 5-7 hours to fully breakdown which keeps your body absorbing and utilizing the nutrients even while you sleep. Alternatively, casein protein can be taken during the day to help stay full and to keep a constant supply of protein in your body. It also contains high glutamine content, helping boost the immune system and speed up recovery.




23
APR

What’s New? Strong Girl

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
13. StrongGirlLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of women’s sports supplements to our customers: Strong Girl.

Strong Girl offers a superior line of sport supplements created by women, for women. If you demand more out of your training, more out of life, and more out of your nutrition, Strong Girl products are perfect for you.

Strong Girl supplements are designed to help you achieve your goals and be the best version of yourself. The company had developed products that provide premium nutrition with effective formulas, so you can be beautiful and strong, both inside and out. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, a weekend warrior, an obstacle course enthusiast, a recreational athlete, a busy mom or a strong, active woman, Strong Girl is the perfect answer for your fitness needs.

One of the company’s best-selling items is Strong Girl Smart Weight Loss. Designed with 100% premium ingredients, this premium weight loss product includes a key ingredient shown in scientific research to help people lose weight: green coffee. Strong Girl Smart Weight Loss also contains a blend of hot, efficient ingredients such as garcinia cambogia, caralluma, amla fruit, and caraway, to deliver advanced weight loss results. Two other products from Strong Girl are also hot-selling items. Strong Girl Isolate is another popular product as this complete lean nutritional protein shake is made from 100% isolate proteins for ideal bioavailability. Strong Girl Pre-Workout is a powerful pre-workout designed specifically for explosive energy, strength and focus.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Strong Girl supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.




5
APR

What’s New? Ojio Sport

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Ojio SportLucky Vitamin is introducing Ojio Sport, another premium brand of sports nutrition products, now available at discounted prices to our customers.

Ojio Sport provides total workout support with products that can activate your workout with natural, high quality, and sustained energy. The company creates customized boosters to personalize and maximize your results as well as special supplements to elevate your stamina and focus to push your goals to new heights. Additionally, Ojio Sport products can rejuvenate your body to strengthen and replenish your muscles.

From the rich valleys of Southern California in 2003, Ojio Sport began by developing the world’s most decadent Raw Vegan Chocolate Bar. With their priorities on quality, source and purity, they soon discovered that existing sources fell short of their standards, and the company was born as the best option to directly source top-tier quality products from qualifying farms.

Ojio Sport is specialized in creating plant based, pre-workout energy enhancers. One of the company’s most popular product is the Ultimate Green Energy which provides a clean sustained energy for your workouts, and the endurance you need to propel your effort to the next level. Unlike many other pre-workout products, Ojio Sport Ultimate Green Energy is free of artificial flavors, sweeteners and colors, and does not contain synthetic stimulants or chemicals. Containing under 100mg of mainly tea based caffeine, this unique product will not leave you jittery or with side effects that cause you to crash. Created with nature’s most potent energy sustaining plant-based superfoods and extracts, Ultimate Green Energy contains grass juice powders, spirulina, matcha green tea, ashwagandha, cordyceps mushroom, panax ginseng, yerba mate, and more.

You can save even more when you shop Ojio Sports supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.




21
JAN

7 Fitness Trends for 2015

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fitness Trends1. High Intensity Interval Training (HITS)

One of the hottest trend in fitness in recent years, HITS continue to be a popular choice for 2015. High-Intensity Interval Training involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These workouts are generally 30-minute sessions or less and can provide multiple health benefits such as improving cardiovascular health, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, not to mention help shed weight fast.

2. Online Training Classes

An excellent choice for busy folks, online training classes have been increasing in popularity in the past few years. This affordable option gets more followers due to its amazing flexibility: you can’t do it now, just do it later, whenever it fits your schedule. You can sign up for online training programs as well as just use some online videos to do it on your own.

3. Strength Training

Strength training is exercising with the goal of increasing your physical strength and, at the same time, getting additional health benefits. It burns fat and calories, regulates your metabolic rate and can be helpful to make you stick to your diet better. Additionally, strength training increases endurance, bone density and testosterone levels as well as it strengthens your joints and promotes better sleep.

4. Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities are always a great option. Along with the no cost benefit, outdoor recreation has psychological benefits, including the prevention or reduction of stress. It can also provide physical benefits, such as aerobic, cardiovascular and muscular fitness, as well as improve functioning of the immune system. Moreover, outdoor activities can help increase environmental awareness.

5. Yoga

Yoga increases flexibility and reduces stress, but the longtime practice also offer some hidden benefits. Yoga is known to help boost immunity, strength muscles, and promote better sleep. Another great reason to do yoga: flexibility, it can be done pretty much anywhere, anytime.

6. Body weight Training

Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights as practitioners use their own weight to provide the resistance for the movement. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises. Because they do not require weights, bodyweight exercises are the ideal choice for individuals who are interested in fitness but do not have access to equipment.

7. Group Personal Training

How about sharing a personal trainer? The obvious advantage of group personal training as compared to one-on-one training is cost. People will pay a lot of money a month for good instruction, great workouts, and solid results but you can save a little if you share a personal trainer with a few other folks and still get some great training. In addition to cost savings, group personal training offers the benefit of motivation from both the instructor and the other participants as there is always good, high energy in a group workout.

 




23
DEC

More than Muscles: 4 Reasons to Start Taking Creatine

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Sports Nutrition at 6:00 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
creatine

 

When you think of creatine, you probably think of a bunch of guys pumping iron in the gym. What you don’t know is that creatine has a long list of benefits that goes well beyond the gym.

Fountain of Youth – On a cellular level, creatine supports skin function by supporting regeneration of cells and connective tissue.  With an increase in cellular turnover, collagen and elastin are working harder to slow down the hands of time.

Heart of Gold – Research has shown that supplementation can lower triglycerides which lowers the risk of heart disease. Those who suffer from congestive heart failure can also benefit from creatine by increasing their muscle strength, muscle mass and physical endurance.

Does a Body Good – Creatine increases muscle strength and muscle size. As we age, are body experiences a drop in growth hormone.  By preserving this muscle, not only do we avoid sarcopenia (muscle loss) but we can prevent osteoporosis too!

Sharp as a Tack – Our brain cells require a lot of energy to function on a metabolic level.  Research has shown through creatine supplementation we can increase our short and long term memory.

Recently, more and more studies have shown other therapeutic benefits of creatine for the treatment of chronic diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Muscular Dystrophy. Our lifestyle choices can contribute to many of these diseases so why not make the healthy choice to age gracefully with the help of creatine.




23
DEC

Best Foods to Eat Before and After a Workout

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Workout FoodsA good workout plan should be much more than just exercising. Of course, the actual physical activity is a big part of it, but eating and drinking properly is extremely important to maximize your efforts and results. Proper nutrition can vastly improve your performance, energy levels and, consequently, help you get the results you want. If you really want to get the most out of your training program, here’s the best foods to eat before and after a workout session:

Aerobic exercise: for running, jogging, biking, walking and any other activity which stress endurance over long periods of time, your body initially uses carbohydrates as fuel but, as the duration increases, your body begins to burn fat.

Anaerobic exercise: for short-term, high-intensity activities such as weightlifting or intensive workouts, the primary fuel source for your muscles is carbohydrates in the form of glycogen. These repetitive, vigorous activity can use up most of the carbs stored in your muscles.

Before:

Carbohydrates are the foundation for exercising. Foods such as whole-grain pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, and fruits and vegetables are rich in complex carbohydrates, which are the best sources of energy for your body. Small meals about an hour before your workout is one of the best ways to prepare your body for the work ahead. Allow proper time to digest any meal composed of complex carbs and try to avoid sugars, including sodas, as they may lower your blood sugar levels during exercise.

After

Immediately after your workout, small snacks rich in carbs, such as nutritional bars, are ideal to restore your muscle-glycogen levels but the most important meal come about one hour after training. Try to eat a full meal that includes lean protein, such as chicken or tuna, in order to repair your damaged muscle tissues as well as some carbs to restore those glycogen levels. Since everyone is different, with different diets and exercise programs, there is no perfect rule but a person moderately active may want to get 60% of their diet from carbs, 20% from protein, and another 20% from fat, for a well-balanced diet.

Water

Water is an essential nutrient that is critical for optimal physical performance, resistance to injury, and maintenance of normal body temperature. You must hydrate and rehydrate your body constantly. So, drink a lot of water before, during and after exercising.




19
DEC

Choosing the Right Protein Powder for Your Body

Filed Under: Nutrition,Sports Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
protein

 

Protein powders come in many forms.  Just walking down the aisle of your local supplement store and you will find a variety of sources for protein powders.  Options such as whey, soy, rice, vegan, egg, pea and more leave consumers feeling confused and hopeless on where to start.  When it comes to choosing the right protein powder, what works for one person might not work for you.  Choosing the right protein to fit your needs and your body’s needs is important.  For instance, some people require more protein throughout the day.  If you are a body builder, you may look for a product that contains more protein.  However, if you are a marathon runner you may want a protein powder with more carbohydrates.  Some people won’t be able to digest the ingredients of certain formulas and need more hypoallergenic powders. LuckyVitamin carries an assortment of protein powders for any individuals needs.  We are going to take a brief look at the different proteins you might find on the shelf.

One form of protein is Whey protein which is derived from dairy.  More technically defined, whey protein is the protein contained in whey, the watery portion of milk that separates from the curds when making cheese.  It contains a blend of amino acids that stimulates muscle growth.  Since this product comes from dairy, if you are allergic to dairy then a whey protein is not for you.

Another form of protein is Soy protein. It is a type of protein that is isolated from the soybean.  It is roughly 90-95% protein, it contains amino acids needed for growth, and it is nearly carbohydrate and fat free.  This replacement protein can be found in bars, meal replacement shakes, bottled fruit drinks, and other dietary supplements. Soy protein isolate can be purchased as flavored or plain soy protein shake powder.  One of the issues with soy protein is that most of the soybeans grown in the US are genetically modified (GM).

Next, you have Rice protein, which most often comes from brown rice.  It is an interesting source of protein for those who are on a restricted diet and for vegetarians.  Brown rice protein contains all 9 essential amino acids and it has been shown clinically to be effective at building muscle and aiding in muscle recovery. Not all rice proteins are created equally though and you must look for a quality product free of heavy metals and other toxins.

Hypoallergenic formulas are another great source of protein. Hypoallergenic formulas like Plant Fusion feature a vegan based protein powder. The source of the protein comes from pea, amaranth, quinoa, and artichoke. It is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free and shellfish free. It contains 21 grams of protein and has a very similar amino acid profile compared to whey. Next time you are shopping for a protein powder consider your individual needs.